Movies From A Hat #2

My wife & I choose 40 films (20 we've seen, 20 we haven't, 20 each), mix them up, and watch them in order. These are the 140-character reviews that result.
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1.
Holy Flying Circus (2011 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Tells the story of the outraged, and sometimes violent, response to 'The Life of Brian' the Monty Python movie that satirized the life of Jesus. (89 mins.)
Director: Owen Harris
“ Holy Flying Circus is frantic and imitative and only offers a faint echo of the real Monty Pythons. We didn't even finish this turkey. ” - acharpentier2010
 
2.
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ We gave 300 a watch with Rifftrax and it quickly turned into a laugh riot. I would suggest alternating viewings with 'trax on and off. ” - acharpentier2010
 
3.
To Sir, with Love (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End. (105 mins.)
Director: James Clavell
“ Featuring a heroic performance by Sidney Poitier, To Sir, With Love is good, but ends abruptly without much conflict in need of resolution. ” - acharpentier2010
 
4.
Magnum Force (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables. (124 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
“ Magnum Force is the lackluster 1st sequel to Dirty Harry. Harry lacks real motivation but it's still fun, thanks to Eastwood, but not great. ” - acharpentier2010
 
5.
Consenting Adults (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Richard and Priscilla Parker's lives take a turn for the better when Eddy and Kay move into the house next door... (99 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ A bargain bin title starring big name actors, Consenting Adults is surprisingly suspenseful, sexy, and full of flawed neo-noir characters. ” - acharpentier2010
 
6.
I've Loved You So Long (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison. (117 mins.)
“ I've Loved You So Long is a horrible wound to self-inflict due to its uncompromising cruelty and corrosive negativity. We didn't finish it. Perfect for those nights when it's a toss-up between watching a movie or slitting your wrists. ” - acharpentier2010
 
7.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree. (90 mins.)
“ A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas is a good follow-up, but there's nothing to differentiate it from the others in scope or style, so if you were looking for more of the same (we were) then you won't be disappointed. ” - acharpentier2010
 
8.
Death at a Funeral (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family. (87 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ Death At a Funeral (2007) is hilarious & didn't need a remake. If you're too thick to relate because the actors don't look like you, die. ” - acharpentier2010
 
9.
Adaptation. (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen. (114 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ Adaptation. is a great film that satirizes the Hollywood template yet provides a pretty good example of it and Nick Cage is perfectly cast. ” - acharpentier2010
 
10.
To Die For (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An aspiring television personality manipulates a group of teenagers into killing her husband, who she sees as a threat to her career. (106 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ For all its accolades, To Die For is kind of disappointing. Dull. Boring. Life is too short, I feel, to give it a thorough watch. Skip it! ” - acharpentier2010
 
11.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ [THIS COMMENT IS FOR EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL (2003)]

Evil Dead the Musical captures the spirit of the films, includes every beat, offers its own witty insights, and may even surpass them all. ” - acharpentier2010
 
12.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor. (103 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
“ Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is gripping, funny, and packs a genius script and actors. We picked this up the very next time we saw it in the store. ” - acharpentier2010
 
13.
Stay Tuned (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish television set and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of shows they find themselves in. (88 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
“ Stay Tuned is a perfect summation of the films I grew up with in the 90's. It isn't smart or hilarious, but it's entertaining. ” - acharpentier2010
 
14.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ Wall-E is amusing but not as picturesque upon second viewing. There are several magnificent plot holes and a robot is saved by love. ” - acharpentier2010
 
15.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. (94 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ Anchorman. I don't understand the fascination with this turd. The script is great, plenty of memorable lines, but on screen it's boring. ” - acharpentier2010
 
16.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ Being John Malkovich is a screwy, rewatchable portrait of magical realism, impotence & paranoid delusions. Great cast and eerie filming. ” - acharpentier2010
 
17.
Flirting (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop... (99 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
“ Flirting is a sweet film, provided you don't learn some uncomfortable truths about John Duigan and Thandie Newton's on-set relationship. ” - acharpentier2010
 
18.
Great Expectations (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Modernization of Charles Dickens classic story finds the hapless Finn as a painter in New York pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love. (111 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ Great Expectations is on the cusp of being an MTV movie, but avoids that set of cliches by sticking closer to those in the source material. ” - acharpentier2010
 
19.
Patriot Games (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge. (117 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ I was surprised that we had to slog through Patriot Games, expecting a much more action-packed experience in the vein as Frantic. Not so. ” - acharpentier2010
 
20.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ A Beautiful Mind has an exquisite script, brilliant direction, a talented cast, and a surprisingly watchable butthole for a protagonist. ” - acharpentier2010
 
21.
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars. (111 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ I intended to introduce my wife to Kindergarten Cop, but she had seen it. For now, I'd like to keep it as an untarnished fond memory... ” - acharpentier2010
 
22.
Hardware (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The head of a cyborg reactivates and rebuilds itself and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment. (94 mins.)
Director: Richard Stanley
“ The visuals in Hardware are great and that's all. The story is bland, effort is never made, and there's a character named "Shades". ” - acharpentier2010
 
23.
Delicatessen (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
“ Delicatessen is a masterpiece that avoids its grisly subject matter by creating an ensemble cast that are both cartoonish and sweetly real. ” - acharpentier2010
 
24.
The Four Seasons (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life... (107 mins.)
Director: Alan Alda
“ The Four Seasons isn't complicated, none of the actors are overworked, but the effect is calming, relatable, and a worthwhile yearly watch. ” - acharpentier2010
 
25.
Ink (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares. (107 mins.)
Director: Jamin Winans
“ After twenty minutes of perseverance, Ink didn't seem to be leading anywhere that wasn't precious or cliche. We gave up on it. ” - acharpentier2010
 
26.
The Accidental Tourist (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles. (121 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ The Accidental Tourist was another disappointment. If there was any substance in it, it takes more than forty minutes to get there. Oh well. ” - acharpentier2010
 
27.
My Giant (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Billy Crystal plays a Hollywood agent who stumbles upon Max, a giant living in Romania, and tries to get him into the movies. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
“ If you can laugh again and again and again and again at how tiny Billy Crystal is compared to Gheorghe Muresan, you'll enjoy My Giant. ” - acharpentier2010
 
28.
Submarine (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life. (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Ayoade
“ We can't be blamed for thinking Submarine was akin to a Wes Anderson film (stupid lying trailer) but there's nothing redeemable here. ” - acharpentier2010
 
29.
Happy Accidents (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ruby Weaver has man trouble: she tries to fix them, so she's stuck herself with a string of losers. Her current lover... (110 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ Right when I thought we'd never finish any of these horrible movies, we did, we really did finish a horrible movie called Happy Accidents. ” - acharpentier2010
 
30.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. (119 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Fatal Attraction is a dirty, filthy little film with outstanding performances all around. Also, Glenn Close dresses like the Borg Queen. ” - acharpentier2010
 
31.
Coraline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Coraline was better as a book. For some reason, they found the need to dumb down the storyline and throw in a distracting male character. ” - acharpentier2010
 
32.
State and Main (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz. (105 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ State and Main is funny, well-acted, tight, and so damn...filmy it's downright surreal, but not in a hoity-toity, David Lynch kind of way. ” - acharpentier2010
 
33.
Lost Highway (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. (134 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Lost Highway embodies the lot of David Lynch's filmography. If you like incoherent messes, you'll love this crap pile. We didn't finish it. ” - acharpentier2010
 
34.
Philadelphia (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Philadelphia is The Accused with AIDs or A Time To Kill with a prejudice lawyer. If either of those references fire, you've already seen it. ” - acharpentier2010
 
35.
Election (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president. (103 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Election is a decent comedy and probably the last worthwhile thing in Matthew Broderick's filmography until that Super Bowl commercial. ” - acharpentier2010
 
36.
Starship Troopers (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival. (129 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Starship Troopers is better the 1st time & the FX don't hold up well, but I can't say that I entirely regret it. Watch it once then move on. ” - acharpentier2010
 
37.
J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier... (110 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Joint Security Area was engaging, sensitive, and thus far the only police procedural that I have ever liked, so I highly recommend it. ” - acharpentier2010
 
38.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Inception is a great popcorn flick once you're out of diapers (and have outgrown Armageddon), but I'd skip the ho-hum Rifftrax for this one. ” - acharpentier2010
 
39.
The Hunted (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans. (94 mins.)
“ The Hunted jumps the shark in ten minutes when Tommy Lee Jones helps a wild wolf out of a sneer then rubs salve on its wound. *beep* ” - acharpentier2010
 
40.
The Descendants (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ The Descendants is near perfect, worth its value if only for Clooney, its only detraction being a bit of whiny monologue at the beginning. ” - acharpentier2010